Understanding PTSD & Treatment

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to help defend against danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a typical reaction meant to protect a person from harm.

Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people recover from initial symptoms naturally. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they are not in danger. Below you will find helpful tips from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), along with info about our PTSD Management Support Group in Oklahoma City.

Signs and Symptoms

Not everyone with PTSD has been through a dangerous event. Some experiences, like the sudden, unexpected death of a loved one, can also cause PTSD.

Symptoms usually begin early, within three months of the traumatic incident, but sometimes they begin years afterward.

Symptoms must last more than a month and be severe enough to interfere with relationships or work to be considered PTSD. The course of the illness varies. Some people recover within six months, while others have symptoms that last much longer. In some people, the condition becomes chronic.

A doctor who has experience helping people with mental illnesses, such as a psychiatrist or psychologist, can diagnose PTSD.

Treatments and Therapies

The main treatments for people with PTSD are medications, psychotherapy (“talk” therapy), or both. Everyone is different, and PTSD affects people differently so a treatment that works for one person may not work for another.

It is important for anyone with PTSD to be treated by a mental health provider who is experienced with PTSD. Some people with PTSD need to try different treatments to find what works for their symptoms.

If someone with PTSD is going through an ongoing trauma, such as being in an abusive relationship, both of the problems need to be addressed. Other ongoing problems can include panic disorder, depression, substance abuse, and thoughts of suicide.

Our PTSD Management Support Group

Oklahoma City Only: Every Friday at 3 pm in the Association’s office located at 400 North Walker Avenue, Suite 190.

This PTSD group offers an environment where you can share your experiences and struggles in a safe and friendly environment. You can gain insight, education, and support from others who are experiencing similar symptoms.

How We Can Help

If you or someone you care about needs help managing PTSD, contact us to get connected with a trained and caring professional. Our pro bono counseling program, SunBridge Referral & Counseling, assists Oklahomans in need of counseling services who may be uninsured, underinsured or unable to afford their insurance co-pay.

Community Referral Line

For many people, finding mental health information and connecting with services is daunting. Seeking counseling, support groups, and other services requires navigating a complex network of community resources.

Our free resource referral line provides one-on-one service to help find the best referral option for each individual or family member in need.

We’re here to work with you to help navigate through the mental health system!

Resource Referral Line

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